About the Marriage and Family Therapy Program

The Marriage and Family Program prepares students to work with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of clinical settings. The program requires 48 semester hours and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).The deadline for admission into the Fall 2019 cohort is February 1, 2019. Apply to the MFT Masters of Arts Program. 

SAMFT Conference: Trauma-Informed Care

The Student Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (SAMFT) will host the annual fall conference on October 5th, 12-5pm in Peacock Hall room 1010  on the App State campus. Featured speaker Janelle Johnson, MA, LMFT, founder of Bridges Family Life Center, PLLC,  will present on Trauma-Informed Care for couples and families. 4.25 CEU credits are available for licensed providers.  Register for the SAMFT conference

MFT Program Open House for Prospective Students

The MFT Program will host an Open House on October 19, 1-3pm in room 124A Reich College of Education, 151 College Street. Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn about the AppState MFT Program, and meet with faculty and current students. View the flyer

Study Away in New York City

Dr. N. Jordan and Dr. Kristen Benson will facilitate a special topics course titled Diverse Families in Urban Settings. The course will include a week long trip to New York City. Students will engage in service learning, attend works shops, cultural events, and learn about social services in NYC. Lodging will be accommodated at the App State NYC Loft. Tenative dates are June 24- July 1, 2019. More information to be announced. 

5 MFT Students Admitted to PhD. Programs

We are pleased to celebrate the 5 App State MFT students who were admitted into Ph.D. Programs for fall 2018. Congratulations to Deniesha Poe (Virginia Tech), Tatjana Farley (Florida State), Stephanie Cooke (Virginia Tech), Lorin Kelly (Kansas State), and Chélynn Randolph (Florida State). 


Apply to the Systemic Multicultural Counseling Certificate program

The Marriage and Family Therapy program offers a certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling. This program provides specialized training for current students and mental health professionals to work with marginalized populations. The Systemic Multicultural Counseling Certificate Program focuses on issues of Inclusion and Social Justice in the therapeutic space and a healthy functioning global citizenry.

Admission Requirements: Master's degree from an accredited college or university or enrollment in a master's program; complete application to the Graduate School; a completed Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling questionnaire. Applicants with baccalaureate degrees will be considered for admission provided they have experience working in a mental health related field.

Applications are reviewed for fall and spring admission. If interested in applying for the Multicultural Systemic Counseling Certificate, contact Dr. Kristen Benson at bensonke@appstate.edu

MFT Students and Faculty meet with NC legislators

MFT students Carmen Gray and Daniel Swiger, and MFT faculty Dr. Kristen Benson attended Graduate Education Lobby Day in Raleigh, NC.  The group visited with Senator Deanna Ballard, Representative Joyce Wadell, and Representative Jonathan Jordan. The Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Mental Health Counseling programs were recognized during a NC House session. 


MFT Program receives HRSA Grant to Fund Clinical Interns

Internship stipends are available to students in their internship year, which are funded by a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals and Paraprofessionals grant award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The goal of the grant is to provide behavioral services to children and youth living in rural Appalachian communities and expand the number of licensed MFTs working in these underserved areas. The stipend amount provided to each recipient is $10,000 over the course of their 12 month internship.

MFT Social Justice in Action Fund

We are pleased to announce the new Marriage and Family Therapy Social Justice in Action Fund: a new type of assistance created to financially support accepted students from underrepresented populations into AppState's MFT program.

Contribute to the Social Justice in Action Fund

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